Winterization for the Cold Winter Months
Here are a few things you can do to get your indoor and outdoor water systems ready for winter preventing costly repairs and wasted water.
If you haven't already done so, it is time to winterize your lawn irrigation system. Completely drain all of the water out of the system including the valves and backflow assembly to prevent freezing. Insolate the valves and backflow assembly.
Shut off all outside water, disconnect hoses, open the hose bibs, and wrap or cover the hose bibs. Store hoses, spray nozzles, and sprinklers inside, this will prevent freezing and breaking during the winter.
Insolate all exposed and venerable water pipes and cover the foundation vents to keep out the cold winter air.
Make sure everyone in the home knows where the main water shut off valve is and how to use it. If a pipe breaks during the winter the water will be shut off much quicker and could prevent costly damage.
And last but not least, make sure the emergency phone numbers to your local water provider and a plumbing specialist are posted where everyone can see it. In an emergency this will save time and possibly prevent damage to your home.
For more water conservation tips visit the Clackamas River Water Providers conservation page on our website at www.clackamasproviders.org/water-conservation/.